Ottis Dee Alford

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Born in 1922 in Pickton, Hopkins County, Texas. Enlisted at Tyler, Smith County, Texas on 16 Oct 1942. 2 weeks til he had to report for duty. 2 years of HS, Ht:66, Wt: 121. Married before he left for the military to Miss Grace Edwards on 26 Oct 1942. After training stationed at Bury St Edmund near Rougham with the 94 bomber Group, 333 Bomber Squadron. Mission to bomb Ball Bearing factories on the Seine [Ivry] near Paris France on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4237815 'Miss Lace. AC shot down by German fighter AC and crashed in Plessis-au-Boisi NE of Belville section of Paris. Ottis was mortally wounded by German cannon fire. He was waist gunner. Ten men in crew. 5 Killed in Action (KIA) including Sgt Alford. 3 POWS, and 2 were rescued by French underground and returned to England. Ottis was buried for the war at Clicky France and was returned to his home town after the war. A French lady saw the AC go down, and saw the Germans take the bodies off the plane and she attended his funeral and wrote a letter to his mother in Texas describing what she had seen, and told mother she would look after his grave. She said she had a son in the France military. Not sure how she got the mother's address. Buried at Winterfield Cemetery, Pickton, Hopkins County, Texas. Listed on Findagrave. MACR #1124.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Miss Lace
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 333rd Bomb Squadron

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Born

Pickton, TX 75471, USA 1922-05-18

Died

Paris, France 1943-11-26

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Killed in Action (KIA)

Paris, France 1943-11-26

Enlisted

Tyler, TX, USA 1942-10-16

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database